Portland fights off rivals to keep massive Heathrow account

12 January 2018

Portland has seen off tough competition to keep hold of a key public affairs and corporate communications account with Heathrow airport, said to be be worth in excess of £250k in fees annually....

Welsh lobbying report welcomed by UK industry bodies

11 January 2018

A series of recommendations for regulating lobbying in Wales have been largely welcomed by industry bodies representing lobbyists across the UK.

The assembly standards committee said it...

Deliveroo calls in another Tory as Oxley gets comms gig

10 January 2018

Former Conservative special adviser Robert Oxley is the new UK communications chief at Deliveroo.

The Tory operator makes the move after working as an adviser to the sacked cabinet...

Philip Brooks: Opportunities lie in the uncertainties of Brexit

20 October 2017

Never has a quote by Donald Rumsfeld, which at the time was somewhat mocked, been so apt.

"There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns;...

Giles Kenningham: Political mines await the PM at Tory conference

28 September 2017

My old boss Eric Pickles used to say that no one ever remembered successful conferences. And he was right. To some extent you have everything to lose and not a lot to gain.

Events are...

Mark Flanagan: The perils of predictions in public affairs

1 September 2017

When you hear the names Dogger, Fisher, German Bight you immediately think of the Shipping Forecast, which has just celebrated its 150th anniversary. The Met Office claims the forecast is accurate...

The 2017 Stakeholder Awards: Full list of winners

22 December 2017

As usual, these highly prestigious awards were decided by a heavyweight one-strong judging panel comprised of the UK’s leading public affairs journalist....

The full list of the lucky (and...

The disruptors: how new lobbying firms are rebooting the old order

20 December 2017

In recent years, the UK public affairs industry has resembled the Premier League before Leicester City took the title. A host of heavyweight agencies have dominated proceedings by bossing pitch...

Lunch with... Tim Rycroft

21 November 2017

Where do you interview the corporate affairs chief of the Food and Drink Federation  -a man who knows a fair bit about food and drink and politics after all? Shepherd’s of course! And in true...